New MTV – COE Fellowship for Excellence and Diversity

The Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, and Verification (MTV) and Michigan Engineering are proud to announce a new fellowship for excellence and diversity, open to undergraduate and graduate students.

MTV’s mission is to develop new technologies that detect and deter nuclear proliferation activities and to train the next generation of nuclear professionals. To support this mission, competitive fellowships are being awarded to Michigan Engineering students.

Applicants must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  1. have a record of superior academic achievement, 
  2. conduct research relevant to the MTV mission: nuclear science, nuclear security, safeguards, nonproliferation, machine learning, radiation detection electronics,
  3. have an advisor or co-advisor who is part of our MTV consortium (Prof. Sara Pozzi, Prof. Igor Jovanovic, Prof. Zhong He, Prof. Brian Kiedrowski, Prof. David Wehe, Prof. Kim Kearfott, or Dr. Shaun Clarke),
  4. are US citizens or permanent residents,
  5. meet one or more of the Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) criteria*.

Undergraduate fellowships will provide a $7,200 stipend per spring/summer for 12 weeks of full-time work ($3,600 during the fall or winter semesters for part-time work) to each MTV Fellow, renewable until Summer 2025. Additionally, each MTV Fellow will participate in annual meetings: the annual University Program Review (UPR) meeting, featuring current research and activities of all university consortia, and the MTV annual workshop. 

Graduate fellowships will cover full tuition, fees, and provide a $36,000 annual stipend ($3,000/month) to each MTV Fellow for up to three years or until Summer 2025. Additionally, each MTV Fellow will participate in annual meetings: the annual University Program Review (UPR) meeting, featuring current research and activities of all university consortia, and the MTV annual workshop. 

Continuing support for an MTV Fellow is contingent on satisfactory progress in their degree program while maintaining the minimum 3.6 GPA on a 4.0 point scale. MTV Fellows will be required to submit reports to MTV leadership describing their research at the end of each funding period (fall, winter, and/or spring/summer). These reports and input from the fellow’s advisor(s) will inform the decision to extend the fellowship each period.

Graduate Fellows, with the help of their advisors, are expected to identify a mentor at one of the participating national laboratories or other participating research centers for the duration of the fellowship.

*RMF Criteria

This Fellowship is open to students conducting research in an MTV-aligned area within a Michigan Engineering department. Students must have a record of superior academic achievement (e.g., grade point average, honors, or other designation) and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan;
  • Have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations By commitment to diversity, we mean efforts in the U.S. to reduce social, educational, or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity, or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;
  • Are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.

Application

Students are encouraged to apply here: https://forms.gle/ngLRkwRpL9JAd2cr8  

Applications and one letter of support are due by Aug. 8, 2022. Letters of support should be sent to: cwagoner@umich.edu 

Selection

Student nominations will be evaluated by the MTV Advisory Board. Selection of Fellows will be announced by August 22, 2022.

Questions

Contact us at: clarkesd@umich.edu for any questions on this program.